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#1528424 --- 04/15/19 10:00 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Steven Beschloss @StevenBeschloss Apr 14
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How do we explain to our children or grandchildren Trump sought to destroy our country in part because he was jealous & hostile toward our first black president?

Mikel Jollett Verified account @Mikel_Jollett

Obama turned the economy around, saved the US auto industry, and created 22 million jobs all while facing a hostile Congress most of his time in office but then he was Editor of the Harvard Law Review and you think windmills cause cancer.

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1117428291227533312
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#1528426 --- 04/15/19 10:12 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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George Conway @gtconway3d 4 hours ago
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Trump Shuttle “ran out of cash and defaulted on its debt in September 1990.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_Shuttle …George Conway added,

Donald J. Trump Verified account @realDonaldTrump

What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name.
No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?
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#1528428 --- 04/15/19 10:19 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.justsecurity.org/63635/barrs...t-memo-in-1989/

On Friday the thirteenth October 1989, by happenstance the same day as the “Black Friday” market crash, news leaked of a legal memo authored by William Barr. He was then serving as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). It is highly uncommon for any OLC memo to make headlines. This one did because it was issued in “unusual secrecy” and concluded that the FBI could forcibly abduct people in other countries without the consent of the foreign state. The headline also noted the implication of the legal opinion at that moment in time. It appeared to pave the way for abducting Panama’s leader, Gen. Manuel Noriega.

Members of Congress asked to see the full legal opinion. Barr refused, but said he would provide an account that “summarizes the principal conclusions.” Sound familiar? In March 2019, when Attorney General Barr was handed Robert Mueller’s final report, he wrote that he would “summarize the principal conclusions” of the special counsel’s report for the public.

When Barr withheld the full OLC opinion in 1989 and said to trust his summary of the principal conclusions, Yale law school professor Harold Koh wrote that Barr’s position was “particularly egregious.” Congress also had no appetite for Barr’s stance, and eventually issued a subpoena to successfully wrench the full OLC opinion out of the Department.


What’s different from that struggle and the current struggle over the Mueller report is that we know how the one in 1989 eventually turned out.

When the OLC opinion was finally made public long after Barr left office, it was clear that Barr’s summary had failed to fully disclose the opinion’s principal conclusions. It is better to think of Barr’s summary as a redacted version of the full OLC opinion. That’s because the “summary” took the form of 13 pages of written testimony. The document was replete with quotations from court cases, legal citations, and the language of the OLC opinion itself. Despite its highly detailed analysis, this 13-page version omitted some of the most consequential and incendiary conclusions from the actual opinion. And there was evidently no justifiable reason for having withheld those parts from Congress or the public.

Public and Congressional pressure mounts

When first asked by reporters about the OLC opinion that Friday, Barr said he could not discuss any of its contents. “I just don’t discuss the work of the office of legal counsel,” he said. “The office … provides legal advice throughout the Administration and does it on a confidential basis.”

The idea that Barr and the administration would not even discuss the content of the opinion could not withstand public pressure. Barr’s stance was especially untenable because his OLC opinion reversed a prior OLC opinion (an unusual event), and the Justice Department had released that prior opinion in full to the public just four years earlier.

President George H.W. Bush was asked about the Barr legal opinion at a news conference on the day the story broke. “The FBI can go into Panama now?,” a reporter asked in connection with the legal opinion. Bush responded that he was “embarrassed” not to know about the OLC opinion. “I’ll have to get back to you with the answer,” the president said.

Within hours, Secretary of State James Baker tried to make some reassuring public comments about the content of the OLC opinion. “This is a very narrow legal opinion based on consideration only of domestic United States law.” Baker said. “It did not take into account international law, nor did it weigh the President’s constitutional responsibility to carry out the foreign policy of the United States.”

It’s not known whether Baker had first cleared his statement with the Justice Department as is often the case for such matters. But his description of the OLC opinion would turn out to be not just misleading, but false.

The Chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on civil and constitutional rights, Rep. Don Edwards, then wrote to the Attorney General requesting the opinion, but he was rebuffed. An assistant attorney general wrote back. “We are unable to provide you with a copy of the 1989 opinion because it is the established view of the Department of Justice that current legal advice by the Office of Legal Counsel is confidential,” she stated. But there was no categorical prohibition, as Barr himself would later admit in testifying before Congress. The assistant attorney general’s letter itself included one glaring counterexample. “I am enclosing a copy of the 1980 opinion,” she wrote, and she noted that the Department had released the 1980 opinion to the public in 1985.

So why not release the 1989 opinion? Was there something to hide?

Barr provides a “redacted opinion” to Congress

On the morning of Nov. 8, 1989, Barr came to Congress to testify before Rep. Edwards’ subcommittee. Some of the events that unfolded also bear a remarkable resemblance to Barr’s handling of the Mueller report to date.

First, Barr started out by saying that the history of internal Justice Department rules was a basis for not handing over the full opinion to Congress. “Chairman. Since its inception, the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinions have been treated as confidential,” Barr said.

That statement was misleading or false, and Chairman Edwards knew it.

Edwards quickly pointed out that the Department had released a compendium of opinions for the general public, including the 1980 one that Barr’s secret opinion reversed. “Up until 1985 you published them, and I have it in front of me—‘Opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel’—the previous opinion.”

Barr retreated. “It has been the long established policy of OLC that except in very exceptional circumstances, the opinions must remain confidential,” Barr replied. The reference to “very exceptional circumstances” backtracked from what Barr had just said and what the letter sent to Rep. Edwards by the assistant attorney general had claimed.

But even the assertion that OLC opinions were released only in “very exceptional circumstances” could not withstand scrutiny. The Justice Department had shared OLC opinions with Congress on many occasions during the 1980s, as a letter by Rep. Edwards to the Justice Department later detailed.

Barr then pointed out his willingness to provide Congress with “our conclusions and our reasoning.” This was the 13-page written testimony which contained a detail recounting of the views expressed in the OLC opinion. Chairman Edwards complained that Barr had violated the rules of the House by submitting his written testimony only that same morning of the hearing, rather than 48 hours in advance. Barr’s timing meant that members of the committee and their staff were not well equipped to analyze or question the OLC’s analysis. But at least they had the OLC’s views in writing. Or did they?

Barr’s description of the OLC’s views included that as a matter of domestic law the President has the authority to authorize actions by the FBI in foreign countries in violation of customary international law.

Without the benefit of the OLC opinion, Professor Koh explained how Barr could be hiding important matters by asking Congress and the public to trust just the 13-page version. Koh wrote:

“Barr’s continuing refusal to release the 1989 opinion left outsiders with no way to tell whether it rested on factual assumptions that did not apply to the earlier situation, which part of the earlier opinion had not been overruled, or whether the overruling opinion contained nuances, subtleties, or exceptions that Barr’s summary in testimony simply omitted.”

Koh’s words proved prescient.

What Barr left out of his report to Congress

I am not the first to notice that Barr’s testimony omitted parts of the OLC opinion that would have earned the Justice Department scorn from the halls of Congress, legal experts, and the public.

Over one and a half years after his testimony, Congress finally subpoenaed Barr’s 1989 opinion. Another House Judiciary subcommittee issued the subpoena on July 25, 1991. The administration first resisted, but within a week agreed that members of Congress could see the full opinion. That same month, the Washington Post’s Michael Isikoff obtained a copy of the OLC opinion. The Clinton administration, within its first year in office, then published the OLC opinion in 1993 making it publicly available for the first time.
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#1528430 --- 04/15/19 10:42 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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#1528432 --- 04/15/19 10:50 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Storm Demands Transparency @DemocracyStorm 3 hours ago
More Storm Demands Transparency Retweeted Eric Umansky

Beware of the toddler-in-Chief trying to distract us from the Mueller report.

He’s desperate to outrage us so much that it overwhelms us.

Don’t fall for it


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Trump has pushed the idea of sending immigrant detainees to sanctuary cities, "in part, people close to him said, to distract from the Mueller report."

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#1528434 --- 04/15/19 01:25 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Scott Dworkin Verified account @funder 2 hours ago

BREAKING: AG Barr to release redacted Mueller report on Thursday morning. It’s a good start, but we won’t be satisfied until we see the full report and all underlying evidence. Americans deserve to know the results of the investigation we paid for.
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#1528436 --- 04/15/19 01:38 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Bill Kristol Verified account @BillKristol 2 hours ago

Note to the Attorney General
Bill,
Since you seem to be offering advance briefings (e.g., to the White House) on the Mueller report, we at Republicans for the Rule of Law would appreciate one too. We'd prefer unredacted, please, & ASAP. Happy to come to you at Main Justice!
Bill
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#1528438 --- 04/15/19 01:43 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Howard @HowardA_Esq 30 minutes ago

Dear @realDonaldTrump you lying, moronic, narcissistic, obtuse, petty, quisling, racist, syphilitic, tiny handed tyrant: there are no “18 angry Democrats” heading the probe you idiot. Bob Mueller, Rosenstein, Chris Wray all DOJ heads are Republican you lying piece of garbage
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#1528440 --- 04/15/19 03:55 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Brian Krassenstein @krassenstein 5 minutes ago

BREAKING: The French government has just responded to Trump's suggestion of using "flying water tankers" on the Notre Dame fire in Paris:

They say that doing so could collapse the "entire structure".

Thank God Trump isn't a Parisian fire chief!


#NotreDameFire
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#1528443 --- 04/15/19 04:25 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Brian Klaas Verified account @brianklaas 31 minutes ago
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This is all so sad. And I wish that, just once, Donald Trump wouldn’t weigh in with an idiotic comment when tragedy strikes.
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#1528444 --- 04/15/19 04:27 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Nancy Pelosi Verified account @SpeakerPelosi 1 hour ago

.@NotreDameParis has stood as a beating heart of religion & culture for centuries, inspiring all who have visited her. The footage of today’s fire is nothing short of heartbreaking. To the people of Paris & France: know that America stands with you.

Pauline Criel @pecriel 40 minutes ago

We do! Please also ignore the insane thoughtless tweets from that orange moron who lives in our WH will likely be posting, he does not represent the majority of us.
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#1528446 --- 04/15/19 04:49 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Dragon Stone &#127482;&#127480; &#127384; @DragonStone1963

Replying to @musicrocksit452 @2017Gamora and 8 others

45 and the GOP tax scam gave Unitedhealth, a health care insurance Company, that made $200 billion a $1.7 billion bonus from tax cuts. And they say there is no money for SSI or Health Care. Now we are paying for the scam with our returns

https://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180116/NEWS/180119932 … via @modrnhealthcr
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#1528447 --- 04/15/19 04:59 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Bradley P. Moss Verified account @BradMossEsq 2 hours ago
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The French Ambassador all but called the president an idiot just now on CNN for this remark

Donald J. Trump Verified account @realDonaldTrump

So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
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#1528449 --- 04/15/19 05:23 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Tea Pain @TeaPainUSA 13 minutes ago

Barr could have redacted the Mueller Report in a week. He has deliberately waited to release it on the eve of two major holy days and Congress on recess.

Even Barr's over-redacted report will be devastatin' to Trump.
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#1528451 --- 04/15/19 05:26 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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John Harwood Verified account @JohnJHarwood 3 hours ago

Trump Pulitzers:

—WSJ for uncovering his secret payoffs to cover up extramarital affairs during 2016 election

—NYT for explaining the family tax-dodges that produced his inherited fortune
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#1528453 --- 04/15/19 06:20 PM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Ale @aliasvaughn 2 hours ago

Macron's speech just now on French TV moved me. He was visibly moved, too. I agree with every single thing he said. That's how a President talks.
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#1528455 --- 04/16/19 01:25 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Scott Dworkin Verified account @funder 5 hours ago

Trump deported the spouse of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, leaving their 12-year-old daughter with no parents in America. If you’re an American and you’re not sick by the end of that sentence, something is wrong with you.
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#1528457 --- 04/16/19 02:26 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Ed Krassenstein @EdKrassen 23 minutes ago

Stop asking why American elected a moron to be our President.

We didn't! The Electoral college did.

The American people elected @HillaryClinton.
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#1528459 --- 04/16/19 02:47 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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The Resistance &#127482;&#127480; @NightlyPolitics 1 hour ago

Nikki Haley in 2016: "I am an accountant. I can tell you there is no audit that precludes you from showing your tax returns. Donald Trump, show us your tax returns.”

I agree Nikki! Too bad you won’t say the same thing now...
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#1528460 --- 04/16/19 05:08 AM Re: Trump Impeachment [Re: Ben444]
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Alex Cole @acnewsitics

Trump says the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire "was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn."

What the actual hell does that even mean?
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